The North Central Regional Planning Commission is working hard to ensure current programs continue to operate as seamlessly as possible during this time. Recognizing the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on individuals and businesses in the region, this resource page is intended to provide helpful information. It will be updated as needed.
Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Supplement (CDBG-CV)
This is Federal funding made available to the state’s Community Development Block Grant program to support community responses to the COVID-19 crisis. CDBG-CV has two funding categories: Economic Development and Meal Programs.
*IMPORTANT NOTE: Businesses do not apply for CDBG-CV grants directly through the Department of Commerce. Kansas counties and cities are eligible to apply for CDBG-CV grants through the Department of Commerce and will then work with local businesses and organizations to disburse funds.
Funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been disbursed.
More Information: Information and applications are available at the Kansas Department of Commerce website. To learn more, check out the CDBG-CV Overview available from the Kansas Department of Commerce or contact the NCRPC for assistance.
Business Financial Resources
U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance*
*UPDATE – As of 5/4/2020: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program reopened to AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES ONLY (Farmers/livestock/cooperatives/agri-services/other ag related businesses). At this time, only agricultural business applications will be accepted due to limitations in funding availability and the unprecedented submission of applications already received. Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
More Information: View the Fact Sheet for the U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loans. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications from the SBA.
U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program*
*PPP Resumed Monday, April 27, 2020: The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. Starting April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for loans. The program ends June 30, 2020. Contact your local lender to apply.
More Information: Additional information is available from the SBA.
Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency Fund* (Funds Currently Depleted)
*UPDATE from the Kansas Department of Commerce website: Due to the overwhelming initial response, we regret to announce that all our initial funds available through the HIRE Fund have been allocated at this time. However, we are keeping our form open and will continue to collect information from Kansas hospitality businesses on the losses they are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kansas is offering the Hospitality Industry Relief Emergency (HIRE) Fund to provide bridge loans for Kansas’ hospitality sector during the COVID-19 crisis. Examples of hospitality businesses include restaurants, bars, lodging facilities, conference centers and event centers. These funds can be used as working capital for business expenses. Learn more at Kansas Department of Commerce.
Kansas Small Business Development Center
Additional small business resources, including free training webinars and information on financial assistance, are listed at the Kansas Small Business Development Center.
NCKCN, a NCRPC affiliate, is offering a virtual helping hand to those in need as much as they possibly can during these uncertain times. For those working remotely and those attending classes online from home due to recent events, NCKCN would like to announce that they will be handing out (on a very limited supply and donated “AS IS”) computers to those who need them. NCKCN is also increasing their customer’s Internet speeds who are currently receiving 6Mbps or lower at no additional cost. These are only a couple things NCKCN is doing to help out their local communities. Learn more at NCKCN.
Salina Area United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
Salina Area United Way COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund is offering grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations, and other public entities. Priority is given to community organizations that are providing short-term access to basic needs ie., food, shelter, education, health, and financial stability. The Salina Area United Way service area includes 10 counties in Kansas: Cloud, Ellsworth, Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, Ottawa, Republic, Russell, and Saline. Learn more at Salina Area United Way.
Information from Official Sources
- Local County Health Departments
- Kansas Department of Health and Environment
- Kansas COVID-19 Response and Recovery